LIVE EVENT – Security in Context: Legacies and Consequences of the American “War on Terror” (September 16)

This panel will discuss the main legacies and consequences of the global war on terrorism on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.


Lisa Hajjar
is professor of sociology at the University of California – Santa Barbara. His work primarily focuses on issues related to law and conflict, including military tribunals and occupations, torture, targeted assassinations, war crimes and human rights. His publications include Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza (University of California Press, 2005) and Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights (Routledge 2013). His new book, The War in Court: The Inside Story of the Fight against US Torture in the “War on Terror,” will be published by University of California Press. She is the founding co-editor of Jadaliyya and a member of the editorial board of Middle East Report.

Darryl Li is an anthropologist and lawyer working at the intersection of war, law, migration, empire and race with a focus on cross-regional links between the Middle East, South Asia and the Balkans. Li is the author of The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity (Stanford University Press, 2020), which develops an ethnographic approach to the comparative study of universalism using the example of “jihadists” transnationals, especially Arabs. and other foreigners who fought in the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Li has been involved in litigation arising out of the “war on terror” as a party lawyer, amicus, or expert witness, including in Guantánamo habeas, Alien Tort, material support, denaturalization, immigration detention, and immigration proceedings. asylum. He is a member of the bars of New York and Illinois.

Sinan antoon is a poet, novelist, translator and scholar. He was born and raised in Baghdad where he obtained a BA in English from the University of Baghdad in 1990. He moved to the United States after the 1991 Gulf War. He was educated at Georgetown and Harvard. where he obtained a doctorate in Arabic literature in 2006. He has published three collections of poetry in Arabic; Mawshur Muballal bil-Hurub (Cairo, 2003,) Laylun Wahidun fi Kull al-Mudun (One night in all cities) (Beirut / Baghdad: Dar al-Jamal, 2010), and Kama fi ‘l-Sama’ (As in Heaven) (Beirut / Baghdad: Dar al-Jamal, 2019). His first novel, I`jaam (2003), has been translated into English under the title I`jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody (City Lights, 2006) as well as into Norwegian, German, Portuguese, Italian and Persian. His second novel, Wahdaha Shajarat al-Rumman (The Pomegranate Alone) (Beirut: al-Mu’assassa al-`Arabiyya, 2010, Dar al-Jamal, 2013), was translated by the author and published by Yale University Press in 2013 as the body washer.

Deepa kumar is an award-winning scholar and social justice activist. She is professor of media studies at Rutgers University. His critically acclaimed book Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (2012) has been translated into five languages. The fully revised second edition, published in 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of the war on terrorism. Dr Kumar is the author of over 80 books, journal articles, book chapters and articles in independent and mainstream media. She has shared her expertise in numerous media such as the BBC, The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, the Danish Broadcast Corporation, TeleSur and other national and international news media.

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